Saturday, August 18, 2007

Blogger's Challenge Week 8 - "Inspired by...."

Hurray! I am back from vacation and I have colorful fingers again! It felt good to dig into my inks and stamp. This week's challenge was to use something around us as inspiration for creating art. Here is my piece:

This was inspired by a chair in my Retro-70's decorated family room. Yes, I decorated my family room in geometric patterns of olive, browns, reds and oranges. I love the room -- and the inspiration for the room itself came from the chair I used as my challenge piece. I really like the dark background with the green circles -- and there is no better way to mimic this than to use the Joseph's Coat Technique.

Here's how to get the multi-colored Joseph's Coat look like I did here:
  1. Stamp the circle patterns (Stampin' Up! Big Pieces) with olive pigment ink on white glossy paper. Space the patterns about 2" apart.
  2. Immediate cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  3. Cut into strips so that the same patterns are on one strip.
  4. Brayer Orange, Red and Brown DYE inks over the strips. Note that some of the pieces were brayered on one half with red, and one half brown to mimic the chair.
  5. Allow ink to dry and rub excess ink off of the embossed areas.
  6. Cut into 1-1/2" strips and attach to background.

I covered the Joseph's Coat Technique in the Technique Junkie Newsletter in 2002 -- time flies!!!

I am thrilled to be back from vacation -- mainly because I received orders from SU!, CTMH AND TAC during the last week and I have been itching to play with all of it! My vacation was great though, and it was a treat to relax, soak in the sun, read books, play and swim. I am so lucky! A great vacation, and lots of cool stuff to come home to. It just doesn't get any better, does it?

25 comments:

Leigh O'Brien said...

WOW! Pat..fabulous card and the chair too!

Sheryl said...

Pat, this is wonderful--love the card and the chair!

Ida said...

Way COOL Pat! Love the colors and the chair too. Ida

debbiedee said...

Pat, cool card! Very retro and it reflects your chair perfectly!

Basement Stamper said...

Very cool card Pat! Welcome back from vacation. Love the multiple Joseph's Coat on the background, it's stunning!

Stefanie said...

Very cool card Pat! It looks great and just like your chair. I'm partial to geometric designs in living rooms too. My rug is all squares of browns, olives and blues.

Connie said...

Woohoo! I'm glad your design "rolled" out of your head. Very cool RETRO card!

Connie
http://inkspiredtreasures.blogspot.com

maggie fellow said...

Love the card and love the chair. Not retro 70s for me. I was newly married and we were early salvation army, nothing that cool!

Lynn Mercurio said...

What beautiful fall colors. Great chair as well. Hope you had a great vacation and are renewed!

Lisa said...

very cool Pat - looks just like the chair. Great inspiration piece!

Julie Campbell said...

Wow! This is an awesome card! I love the colors and you did a perfect job creating something based on your inspiration piece.

Kim B said...

This is so awesome! I love it!

rozie640 said...

Wow, that is some kinda chair! Great job on the card, it's fabulous. Glad that you are back and that you had some fun.

Judi said...

I have been unable to ink up glossy papers and not have the ink fade after a few days! What am I doing wrong?

Your card is gorgeous!

Cathy Yamashita said...

I absolutely LOVE this one, Pat. Great result from the chair inspiration.

Lori said...

I love that color combo! What a cool looking card--and chair, too.

Pattyjo said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had a nice vacation and your home safely.
You made your card exactly like the card, you hit it right on! Beautiful job!

Claudia said...

Pat, I LOVE the card AND chair. Great design!

Susie said...

VERY VERY talented - that is what you are!

Susie

Beth said...

Oh my gosh, Pat, I LOVE THIS. Did you hear me? I LOVE THIS!

Karen said...

OMGoodness - that is perfect!! awesome job Pat!!

Barbara said...

Welcome back, Pat! And your card is a definite WOW....almost looks like you used a piece of fabric from the chair. What a great inspiration piece!

holly said...

That is a fabulous card and I want the chair now too!!! I love to see where people's inspiration comes from. Great job.

Allison said...

This is very cool!

MaryAnn said...

Great card and love seeing your inspiration for it! I have some Tupperware that matches your chair. =D